The Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild will soon drop the puck for the second game of their two game series in the Compuware NHL Premiere in Helsinki, Finland. Both starting goalies from yesterday, Cam Ward and Nicklas Backstrom, will start again for their respective teams today.
It does not appear that the Canes will change their lineup at all from yesterday. There was no mention of any change in Paul Maurice's interview this morning or on the Hurricanes website. The lines from yesterday were as follows:
- Staal, LaRose, Cole
- Sutter, Dwyer, Bowman
- Jokinen, Ruutu, Skinner
- Dalpe, Kostopoulos, O'Sullivan
- Gleason, McBain
- Pitkanen, Corvo
- Babchuk, Harrison
Late in the game yesterday, the coaches did mix and match the defensive pairings a bit, so look for that to continue today as well.
The Hurricanes will be trying to take advantage of a team which seems down and out, at least for the moment. The Wild was winless in the preseason, (against NHL competition), and of course faltered in yesterday's game.
Although the Minnesota squad could come out with a lot of desperation. These are quotes from Michael Russo, Wild beat writer.
I don't know if I've ever covered a team with so much negativity surrounding it.
The reality is yesterday was Game 1 of 82, but it felt like they had just lost a playoff game or something.
Today's game will again be on Versus and the familiar voice of John Forslund will provide the play-by-play. The start time is noon. Our open game thread will be fired up at 11:30.
Can the Hurricanes win two in a row?